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Great service

Very often, we notice that people are quick to complain but slow to compliment. With this in mind, we want to publicly commend the staff at Christy Sports on Bridge Street in Vail. Paul and the crew downstairs, Garrick, the boot expert, and the gals on the main floor have given us excellent, tip-top service.

And just as important, they have done so with a big smile, looking at us straight in the eye.

They have cared for our skiis and repaired our antique boots to fit comfortably for yet another season. They explained how they were wearing out but put no undue pressure to buy another pair.

What a delight for us!

We don’t want to suggest that their service is unusual this year. Rather, it has been A-plus over the many years we senior Vermonters have been enjoying the glory of skiing Vail, our favorite mountain.

Don and Marcia Rushford

Rutland, Vt.

More ways out

A big threat to the ski industry is the I-70 corridor. The project that essentially made Vail what it is today by giving easy access to mountain communities and the ski areas is now a detriment.

My travels back and forth to Denver from Vail for the past five years have given me an appreciation, rather a disdain, with regard to what one must experience while driving the corridor at peak periods. Coming or going at these periods, which have expanded by hours over the years, will frustrate the driver and occupants to a point that suggests, “I will not do this again.”

I have been in bottleneck traffic jams that have turned a one-and-a-half-hour drive into five-and-a-half hours. Do we really believe that the day trippers will continue to visit knowing the frustration they will endure just to get here and then get home?

Rail is not a solution. To spend billions in order to transport a handful of people at the peak periods would not have any effect on the problem. It is simple math.

On any given Saturday 35,000 cars will pass through the tunnel. Let’s put 3,000 people on the train, if that is even possible, and for the benefit of doubt, assume they all were driving their own cars. Now there are 32,000 cars going through the tunnel. It will not have an impact on the problem. After the billions invested in light rail on the Santa Fe corridor in Denver, the congestion remains (and has actually gotten worse) and soon we will see the T-Rex project will offer no solution to volume as well.

It is time CDOT and the people of our great state look at long-term solutions rather than give into the environmental pressures that offer no results. We here in Colorado and around our nation have the ongoing love affair with the automobile and we need answers that accommodate what will not change.

As our population grows, the road systems must grow as well. One way west from Denver is no longer acceptable and viable road and tunnel development to accommodate the Front Range is an absolute necessity. Like water, cars will take the path of least resistance. Develop more “paths” and the strain on I-70 will be lessened.

Greg Ziccardi

Vail

Not a simple thing

This is in response to Jon McMaster’s letter Feb. 9. Mr McMaster, this is in no way condoning mistakes in war (whether declared or no), but the policies and priorities of one era need be remembered by future generations granted 20/20 hindsight.

Vietnam was a war to contain Communism and the Soviets – a viable threat to America and her interests, no matter the proxy war – and many, many good people died there for that reason. Iraq is only an extension of decades of policy – we bolstered the Iraqi, Saudi, Zaire and Lebanese governments or factions (and dozens of others) for containment, as well, and this is somewhat coming back to bite us … .

But I guess you would rather carry a little red book, dig some holes in gulags or allow some Muslim faction leader to blow up your house because you like evil rock music. Bush makes decisions, but he has numerous advisers who also make them for him. Some of them fought or directed these past wars; some are newcomers.

Whether or not Bush fought in any war is not really that important. What is important is that those fighting or who have fought believed in the overarching reason for war: diplomacy failed, or is failing, and basic freedoms should be granted to all peoples (U.N. Charter; Declaration of Human Rights). This is the reason for U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Iraq (I wonder if anyone remembers Afghanistan).

The main problem with this whole thing is the lack of muscle and decision by the U.N. THEY are the ones who should have entered Iraq, if for no other reason than the presence of a dictator goes against the grain of U.N. principles. That the U.N. was ineffectual in its decision-making processes or that many of the members of the U.N. do not like the U.S. or its policies is more to the point. People should overrule policy in some instances.

The U.S. has done some pretty terrible things in the past, is doing some terrible things now, and will undoubtedly commit some terrible things in the future. This is the nature of being the lone superpower: … happens.

The U.S. is looked upon as a guardian by many nations and what we correct now may not be the best thing for five, 10, 50 years from now, but it is a kaleidoscope through which we see. The mindset of Americans should rest with that of the vote: No matter how, Bush WAS voted into office by the American people. If dissatisfied, dissent, but more importantly, VOTE to change things, whether with the commander-in-chief or members of Congress, even members of state and local government.

The people of Iraq never got that chance, and that is what we are trying to do in the Middle East.

Democracy takes a long time to accomplish, even rudimentary democracy (300 years for us). Our presence is trying to push things along (it has been moving along in the other past-dictator states of Germany, Japan and is seeding in China – Castro just won’t give up or die).

That may suck for the Iraqi people (and my sympathy goes out to those who have lost loved ones, no matter where they reside), but democracy is better than terrorist-breeding, fanatical transnational people or dictators who make people disappear (remember Stalin … oh, but nothing should have been done to stop him, not because he wanted to nuke the world or make us speak Russian, but because he really liked his own people).

People die when diplomacy fails, more would have died had we been kind to Hussein. U.N. sanctions killed people because he took what WE gave him and used it for other purposes.

The Saudis will get their comeuppance, time will dictate that, and we can’t completely stop terrorism, only give people a second thought.

I’m only expressing an opinion, as were you, but facts help.

Benjamin Tryon

Not enough time

I’m certainly hoping that there are still some concerned Americans out there that read the article on Friday, Jan. 30 in the Vail Daily, Page A6, “Guide Service Seeks Camp Hale Expansion.”

The clincher of the whole article is in the “comments welcome” section, saying that the deadline for written comments is on Feb. 1.

Well, let’s see. The Daily runs the article on Friday, the Forest Service offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday and Monday happens to be Feb. 2. Now isn’t that a sweet deal for someone.

Anyone concerned with how our public lands are used should call the Forest Service today. Nova Guides is requesting 10,000 snowmobile/snowcat/dogsled days at Camp Hale; 4,000 jeep tour days; 4,000 all-terrain vehicle days and 1,000 mountain bike days.

This is some very high impact activities going on on the public lands. Is the Forest Service not concerned about the impact or are they looking at the 3 percent of the gross that they are paid from the permit holder. Everyone should be concerned.

Denise Glass

Bond

I won that bet

In May last year I made a bet with a real estate broker that in three months after the tax cut for the rich, the high-end sales of properties will soar. I won $100.

Ed Larese


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